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Continental has founded an institute for technology and transformation. The primary task of the new institute is the qualification of all employees in Germany. Initially, the focus is on the group of untrained and semi-skilled workers, who Continental is giving access to further education and training programs certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The institute’s services cover Industry 4.0, new drive concepts and digitalization.

“As electrification and digitalization become more widespread, simple tasks are being replaced by more complex tasks that require training. These changes are far-reaching and affect the entire industry. Qualification is therefore only possible through a sensible sharing of the burden: lawmakers, trade unions and companies must all work together,“ explains Dr. Ariane Reinhart, Executive Board member for Human Relations. “Above all, the employees also need to play their part. Our institute provides the framework for self-development and maintaining their employability.”

The company uses the Continental Institute of Technology and Transformation (CITT) to actively manage the transformation process currently taking place across the entire automotive industry. The institute was designed in collaboration with the Continental Corporate Works Council, IG Metall and IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (Metal, Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Unions) to secure the long-term employability of employees.

Qualification only works if employees invest their own time

The projected costs for needs-based qualification are huge. They include both training costs and costs for lost working hours. “The qualification of employees is a task of historic proportions. As a company, we bear overall responsibility but cannot implement needs-based qualification alone. To train only 20 percent of our employees in Germany for nine months would cost us €1 billion,“ explains Reinhart. Continental is accordingly calling on lawmakers, companies and, above all, employees to share the costs of the necessary qualifications. “The Qualification Opportunity Act is the first step. But we also need our employees to be willing to change and invest time outside working hours in their own qualification.“

CITT offers certified further vocational education and training courses

Continental is implementing a transparent, selective approach to strategic workforce planning to determine the future qualification requirements of different employee groups. Validated diagnostic procedures are used to compare the individual skills and abilities of employees with their future field of activity. Further training is provided wherever qualification is required. The institute is initially focusing on further training programs for production employees. The first measures start in September. The qualification opportunities for Industry 4.0, new drive concepts and digitalization will be gradually extended for the selective further education and training of all employees in Germany. In order to achieve this objective, the institute is devising an appropriate qualification strategy, establishing the required program structure, managing the different training options and ensuring standardized implementation at the various locations. The quality of the training will also be assured by ICC certifications and vocational qualifications. “It was very important to us to assume responsibility at an early stage. The purpose of founding the CITT was in the interests of all our employees, to define the framework and measures that will secure their future employability,“ explains Hasan Allak, chairman of Continental’s corporate works council. “Now it’s important for our employees to show a high degree of willingness to learn, and proactively and independently join in shaping their future.”

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New hardware and new functions to the TIA Portal

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Sinamics Startdrive V16 brings new hardware and new functions to the TIA Portal
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Sinamics Startdrive commissioning software is the perfect tool for integrating drive hardware into the TIA Portal engineering framework. With the latest version Sinamics Startdrive V16, Siemens is expanding the hardware portfolio available on the automation platform. Following on from the integration of the Sinamics S120 multi-axis system, the single-axis version of this high-end servo drive system can now also be engineered in the TIA Portal. The drive control of the recently introduced Simatic Drive Controller is now also integrated in the commissioning tool. Drive-CliQ hubs, which increase the number of interfaces in the Sinamics S120 multi-axis group, as well as other add-on components, are now integrated in the TIA Portal, perfectly completing this hardware update.

Sinamics Startdrive V16 also features innovative functions. With the introduction of expertise protection for Sinamics S120, the parameterization of drives can be protected from unauthorized changes and read attempts. When it comes to safety technology, a wide range of safety functions is available thanks to Sinamics Safety Integrated. With Sinamics Startdrive, these functions can be parameterized and validated in a simple, user-friendly process. The safety approval test integrated in Startdrive leads users through the approval process step by step and then creates a standard-compliant test record.

The Sinamics Startdrive commissioning tool is a key component for the automation of machines. Convenient interaction between the drive and controller makes it easy to complete the project engineering and commissioning of Motion Control applications with Simatic controllers and Sinamics drives. Sinamics Startdrive V16 takes drives in automation to the next level in terms of seamless operation, flexibility and user-friendliness.

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Chamber Belt Machine B 625

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Multivac’s Chamber Belt Machine B 625.

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Cooperation between Gea and Itt Bornemann

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The new GEA Hilge NOVATWIN pumps are particularly suitable for gentle pumping of chunky, shear-sensitive media of various viscosities. (Picture: Magone via Getty Images)
The new GEA Hilge NOVATWIN pumps are particularly suitable for gentle pumping of chunky, shear-sensitive media of various viscosities. (Picture: Magone via Getty Images)

The pump experts from Gea and Itt Bornemann are now working together to manufacture and market a twin screw pump for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. While Gea has so far concentrated primarily on hygienic centrifugal pumps, the cooperation now means that a joint model of a positive displacement pump is ready for introduction: Gea Hilge Novatwin. The Gea Hilge Novatwin is a flexible twin screw pump based on the proven Bornemann design that meets the highest hygienic requirements for gentle product handling and clean-in-place (CIP) with just one pump. The new Gea Hilge Novatwin will be available in 6 sizes and will be part of the Gea Varipump line, which stands for pumps with a high degree of flexibility for optimum adaptation to individual customer requirements.

Consistent expansion of hygienic pump portfolio

The addition of this future-oriented pump type to the portfolio in addition to the established rotary lobe pump Gea Hilge Novalobe will significantly strengthen Gea’s position in the field of positive displacement pumps. Gea will thus be in an even better position to cover the various customer requirements with the ideal pump solution from its own broad product portfolio.

Pump and clean with one pump

Twin screw pumps are equipped with two screws, which intermesh without contact and together with the pump housing form a closed chamber. The screws rotate and thus move the medium along the screw axis from the suction to the discharge side.

Like positive displacement pumps in general, twin screw pumps stand for the gentle conveyance of chunky, shear-sensitive and abrasive media. They offer exceptionally high flexibility for pumping liquids of various viscosities.

“The special feature of the twin screw pump is its dual function, because twin screw pumps can not only pump the actual product but can also function as a CIP pump at the same time, as they can operate at very high speeds. This saves the use of an additional CIP pump compared to alternative solutions,” explains Product Manager Ulla Främke from Gea.

With Gea and Bornemann two strong partners work together

“This cooperation with Bornemann is a real win-win situation for both partners,” says Bastian Tolle, head of product management at the Gea Flow Components business unit. “The twin screw pumps we see in the market today are mostly derived from Bornemann’s original development. The expertise is impressive, we can learn a lot from such a partner and from the experience gained over decades in the application of this special positive displacement pump”.

“We will benefit from Gea’s strong distribution network”, adds Bornemann’s Managing Director Markus

Schwarte. “Gea has a broad customer base, a large network and an excellent reputation among decision-makers, particularly in the food sector and in local markets such as the USA. We want to benefit from the synergy between the leading technology and the first-class global network in the food industry”.

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